When will the super volcano under Yellowstone erupt again?

What lies beneath

  This could be very helpful.  And it may offer some reassurance, too: http://sese.asu.edu/news/creating-stopwatch-volcanic-eruptions  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

Personal encounters with Elder Packer (Part 1)

Where I translated for Elder Packer

  The first time I met Boyd K. Packer was sometime in the first part of 1974, when he came to Zürich for a stake conference.  He had been an apostle for about four years by that point. Upon arrival, he took a tour of the mission home at Pilatusstrasse 11. I had a fairly large basement office.  On one wall, it had a bulletin board.   I was standing in the room across a large table from that bulletin board when he came in to look around.  Suddenly, I … [Read more...]

Of blemishes and deformity

Tavaneaux Balboa Park Museum of Man

  In nature there's no blemish but the mind.None can be called deformed but the unkind.William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night My wife and I attended an excellent outdoor performance of Twelfth Night tonight in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at the Old Globe in Balboa Park. Lots of fun.  Posted from San Diego, California      … [Read more...]

New Testament 193

A lamp, with a shade

  Luke 11:34-36Compare Matthew 6:22-23 I'm sure that the Savior's comment here presupposes and reflects an ancient theory of vision that we no longer hold, scientifically speaking. Nevertheless, I think his essential point remains: If our way of perceiving people and the world around us is fundamentally wrong, skewed, warped, deformed by gross error, poisoned by cynicism, distorted by hatred, and so forth, that will affect … [Read more...]

“State Department, governors guard for threat on July 4″

An American flag

  Unfortunately, this is the world in which we now live: http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/03/politics/andrew-cuomo-july-4-security-threats/index.html Be careful, be wary, but have a great Fourth of July weekend!  Posted from San Diego, California … [Read more...]

President Boyd K. Packer dead at ninety

Boyd K. Packer

  Not altogether surprising, but, still, sad: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/president-boyd-k-packer-dies-at-age-90 This may also be of interest. I'll be posting some of my own memories and impressions of President Packer a bit later.  I had enormous respect for him, and I liked him very much. His unique voice will be missed. There are now two vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve.  Posted f … [Read more...]

“A Response to Denver Snuffer’s Essay on Plural Marriage, Adoption, and the Supposed Falling Away of the Church – Part 2: Facade or Reality?”

San Diego im Mondlicht

  It being Friday, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has published yet another essay for your edification and enjoyment: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/a-response-to-denver-snuffers-essay-on-plural-marriage-adoption-and-the-supposed-falling-away-of-the-church-part-2-facade-or-reality/ And, as always, we provide it at no charge.  Posted from San Diego, California   … [Read more...]

“Pointing a knife at the freedom of faith communities across Canada to hold and practise their beliefs”

TWU campus in Fraser Valley, BC

  Canada doesn't have a precise equivalent to the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Still, this is a troubling decision, and one that indicates a highly possible trajectory for the United States a few short years from now: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-law-societys-decision-to-refuse-trinity-western-accreditation-upheld/article25230491/ You think, since it's from a foreign country, that … [Read more...]